November 13, 2006
This was my first cruise with Carnival. I cruised with my husband, twin daughters, three grandsons 3, 5, 6, and friends from work. We boarded about 11:00Am. Our rooms were not ready and we understood because our boarding time was 1:30. We went to the Lido deck for something to eat while we waited. We then went down to find our staterooms. We were greatly surprised to see how big they were. We had two ocean view rooms one was a triple and the other was a quad. My husband kinda relaxed in the room while my daughtersand I explored the ship finding our way around and getting the boys enrolled in Camp Carnival. My husband is a Vietnam Vet and does not care much for crowds. It wasn't hard finding quiet places for him to relax.
The Mustard drill went very well and our vacation officially started. The ship was very nice and clean. But you still could see some wear and tear in the carpeting. It took awile for me and my husband to manuver from one end of the ship to the other, but it seem to be no problem for my girls. Our ports of call were Costa Maya and Cozemel. There were not many things we could do in port as a family because we don't snorkle and the boys were to young for long hikes. But we did find the perfect excursion.. In Costa Maya we chose the Jungle Beach Break. The boys got their coconut drink from a real fresh coconut and made a sand castle on the beach. My husband relaxed in a chair on the beach and enjoyed watching us have fun. All the drinks were free and food and shopping was available. In Cozemel we chose the Folklore show and shoping. The show was very well done and informative and fun. We also had free drinks and shopping available.
Back on the ship there was always someting to do or not to do. Whatever we chose to do it was fun. My grandsons enjoyed every minute. My daughter did not even feel guilty for leaving them in camp carnival for the day because they enjoyed it so much. The didn't want to leave. We would always eat together in the Jubilee dining room or the buffet in Windows on the Sea. The food was very good but there was not much of a varity. The buffet had the same thing each night. The dining room had something different each night. We all enjoyed ourselves and we can't wait for our next cruise.